Reviews by GJBarnett2
A family of rampant narcissists with no boundaries forced to spend a week in hell together sitting shiva for their late father. In one of the film's more subtle bits of sophisticated humor, the rabbi is called "Boner." Jane Fonda plays the materfamilias whose "career" consists of living on a tell-all book about her children's sexual experiences and who displays her boobs to her 30-something kids whom she regales with stories about her sex life with their late dad and his over-sized junk. The siblings thrive on exposing one-another's humiliating secrets. Nothing is beneath the dignity of these people because they have none. Saved, of course, by the predictable revelation that although these people have no respect for each other or even themselves, they all really love each other. A heart-warming laugh fest for the whole family. Screenplay by "SS Associates." Stoned sophomores. And in case you're entirely immune to sarcasm let me make it clear that this is just one simply awful movie.
If you've gotten as far as reading this, the subject of this book must be of some interest to you, as it was to me. And yet this may be literally, and with no exaggeration, the dullest most boring book on this subject or anything connected with WWII that I have ever read. I say "read" with some hyperbole because I set this one down less than ten pages in. Of all the way to grab the attention of a reader who might be expected to bring some interest to the subject, the author chose to begin with an analysis of the bombing of Bulgaria. And apparently for no better reason than that the general configuration of the modern aerial bomb, "with its distinctive elongated shape, stabilizing fins and nose-fitted detonator" was the invention of a Bulgarian officer in 1912. And this was, evidently, the most interesting anecdote the author could call to mind to begin a book about "Allied Air War Over Europe, 1940-1945." How any editor in his (or her) right mind could sign-off on this completely escapes me. I'm sure there was more of interest buried in the almost 500 pages of text but it just wasn't worth the time taken out of my life to wade through this.
... from the Patterson factory. An interesting ensemble of new characters, the makings of a successful series in the "Private" label co-authored by Michael White.
of American Seals in Afghanistan. Great courage. Not a John Wayne story. Well worth the time.
Little new information but a good one-volume focus on the often under-appreciated complexities of the naval aspect of the D-Day operations.